This is the end of – or a further step in – a process started by Bob Lawrence in 2010 and enthusiastically supported by Tracey Crouch MP. We thank them both and further thank the many other people who have helped along the way.
The basis of our application was that our traditional heartland was Essex and Suffolk, where the signal from our ships made first landfall and that we wished to entertain on AM, an audience that we have not been able to serve in this way since 1990.
We said that this audience may hear music radio of a style they remember and in some cases presented by the same people they remember.
That in essence is what we intend to do.
We can also announce that our AM frequency will be 648 kHz with a power of 1000 watts. This is ERP or simply the power radiated by the aerial.
A transmitter has been imported from the Continent and is being modified to suit the frequency. There are further hurdles, but as you can see progress is being made. Watch this space!"
Questo era quanto riportato dal loro sito ufficiale http://www.radiocaroline.co.uk
Questo quanto riportato dal quotidiano torinese "La stampa" : "Immaginate una macchina del tempo, indietro di 50 anni, vi sarebbe capitato di ascoltare su vecchie radioline in AM (modulazione di ampiezza) una radio nuova e anticonformista per l’epoca, bandita soprattutto dal governo inglese. Nel 1964 Radio Caroline iniziava le sue trasmissioni su una nave, la MV Ross Revenge ancorata al di fuori delle acque territoriali d’Oltremanica, perché la legislazione della terraferma, nel Regno Unito come altrove, finiva a pochi chilometri di distanza dalle coste: oltre quel limite si era in acque internazionali e la legge da osservare era quella del paese in cui era registrata la nave. Se la legge di quel paese non aveva obiezioni contro la trasmissione radiofonica marittima, era possibile far sentire una radio a chi stava sulla terraferma senza essere illegali. Il mito di Radio Caroline non si è mai estinto e coloro che hanno superato gli anta la ricordano ancora". L'articolo intero è visionabile al seguente link: http://www.lastampa.it/2017/08/05/societa/la-mitica-radio-caroline-ottiene-la-licenza-dopo-anni-da-pirata-sui-mari-QWyBuSKlEukddrCVF8xF0J/pagina.html
Anche il sito www.ilpost.it ha recentemente dedicato un articolo alla storia di Radio Caroline: "A mezzogiorno del 28 marzo 1964, Chris Moore e Simon Dee si trovavano su una nave al largo delle coste dell’Essex, a sudest dell’Inghilterra, e annunciarono l’inizio delle trasmissioni dalla MV Caroline – una vecchia nave passeggeri danese – mandando in onda un messaggio pre-registrato: «Questa è Radio Caroline sul 199, la vostra stazione musicale 24 ore su 24». La prima canzone che venne mandata in onda fu Not Fade Away dei Rolling Stones, dedicata a Ronan O’Rahilly. Erano cominciate le trasmissioni di quella che sarebbe diventata una delle prime “radio pirata” del mondo e certamente la più famosa, la cui storia ha ispirato il celebre film I Love Radio Rock del 2009."
Nel pomeriggio di ieri sono iniziate le prime segnalazioni della presenza in aria di Radio Caroline che stava testando i 648 KHz. Purtroppo nella mia zona la presenza in isofrequenza di Radio Murski Val dalla Slovenia rende impossibile l'ascolto diretto dell'emittente e cosi per verificare l'effettiva presenza on air dell'emittente ho utilizzato il sito web del ricevitore SDR dell'Università olandese di Twente. Di conseguenza l'ascolto non ha valenza DX ma di mera cronaca dell'avvenimento.
Translation with google to help the non italian readers:
In May, Radio Caroline announced that its request for a broadcast media license was accepted by the UK authorities and that it would start transmitting 1 KW of power at 648 KHz.
"On 17th May 2017 Ofcom informed us that our application for an AM license had been approved and that a license would be awarded.This is the end of - or a further step in - a process begun by Bob Lawrence in 2010 and enthusiastically supported by Tracey Crouch MP. We thank them both and further thank the many other people who have helped along the way.The base of our application was that our traditional heartland was Essex and Suffolk, where the signal from our ships made landfall and that we wanted to entertain on AM, a public that we have not been able to serve in this way since 1990.We said that this audience may hear a radio station of a style they remember and in some cases presented by the same people they remember.That in essence is what we intend to do.We can also announce that our AM frequency will be 648 kHz with a power of 1000 watts. This is ERP or simply the power radiated by the aerial.The transmitter has been imported from the Continent and is being modified to suit the frequency. There are further hurdles, but as you can see progress is being made. Watch this space! "
This was reported from their official website http://www.radiocaroline.co.ukDuring the summer, Italian news organizations also had news.This report from the Turin newspaper "La Stampa": "Imagine a time machine, back of 50 years, you would have heard on old AM radios (amplitude modulation) a new and nonconforming radio for the era, banned above all In 1964 Radio Caroline started broadcasting on a ship, the MV Ross Revenge anchored outside the territorial waters of Oltremanica, because the land legislation in the United Kingdom and elsewhere ended just a few miles away from Coasts: beyond that limit was in international waters and the law to be observed was that of the country where the ship was registered. If the law of that country had no objections to the radio broadcasting of the sea, it was possible to make a radio heard to whom it was on the mainland without being illegitimate. The myth of Radio Caroline has never been extinguished and those who have passed the doors still remember it. " The full article can be viewed at the following link: http://www.lastampa.it/2017/08/05/societa/la-mitica-radio-caroline-ottiene-la-licenza-dopo-anni-da-pirata- on-mari-QWyBuSKlEukddrCVF8xF0J / page.html
The site www.ilpost.it has recently dedicated an article to the story of Radio Caroline: "At noon on March 28, 1964, Chris Moore and Simon Dee were on a ship off the coast of Essex, southeast of England , and announced the start of broadcasts from Caroline MV - an old Danish passenger ship - broadcasting a pre-recorded message: "This is Radio Caroline on 199, your music station 24 hours a day." The first song that came broadcast was No Fade Away by Rolling Stones, dedicated to Ronan O'Rahilly. The broadcasts of what would become one of the first "pirated radio" in the world and certainly the most famous, whose story inspired the famous movie I Love Radio Rock of 2009. "
In the afternoon of yesterday, the first reports of the airborne presence of Radio Caroline, which was testing 648 KHz, began. Unfortunately in my area the presence of Radio Murski Val from Slovenia makes it impossible to listen directly to the broadcaster and to verify the actual presence of the broadcaster I used the website of the SDR receiver of the Dutch University of Twente . Consequently, listening has no DX value but a mere chronicle of the event.The transmitted soundtrack is obviously in line with the "oldies" tradition of the broadcaster with evergreen epics. No matter how you can hear from the recording, after the announcement with the issuer's identification and the request for listening reports they aired Beatles "Let It Be". For the record, in the late afternoon of yesterday, using tight filters and USB, at a talk time of the issuer solvena, for a few seconds they heard the notes of a musical song, presumably by Radio Caroline. Too little of course to say that I have heard it, maybe in northern Italy will have been better luck, we wait for the reports. No problem listening to the Channel, as shown by the audio clip we propose.